Dean warns play­ers to watch out for a Wis­bech back­lash

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Sport - By Mark Plum­mer FOOT­BALL COR­RE­SPON­DENT

Peter­bor­ough Sports man­ager Jimmy Dean has warned his play­ers to be pre­pared for a Wis­bech Town back­lash in a mouth-wa­ter­ing FA Cup show­down this Satur­day. Sports have en­joyed a spec­tac­u­lar start to the sea­son, slam­ming in 21 goals while breez­ing to four em­phatic vic­to­ries with­out con­ced­ing.

One of those tri­umphs was a 3-0 win at Wis­bech nine days ago in a United Coun­ties League Premier Di­vi­sion opener, but Dean is con­vinced his men will re­ceive a con­sid­er­ably tougher test when re­turn­ing to the El­go­ods Fenland Sta­dium for a pre­lim­i­nary round tie.

There is close to £2,000 in prize money up for grabs for the win­ners as well as a po­ten­tially lu­cra­tive home date against North­ern Premier Di­vi­sion side Stour­bridge in the next round in early Septem­ber.

Dean said: “Wis­bech will be out for re­venge and they will also be on a high af­ter pick­ing up their first win of the sea­son in mid­week.

“They also have a cou­ple of re­ally im­por­tant­play­ers- Sam Mur­phy and Scott John­son - back af­ter they missed the league game against us.

“I’ve al­ready made it very clear to my lads that they we will get knocked out if we are not at our best.

“It is a derby game in a big cup com­pe­ti­tion, and we need to ap­proach it in the right way.

“Thereis also a huge car­rot dan­gling for both teams with the prospect of play­ing a Step 3 team in the next round.

“Stour­bridge have reached the sec­ond round proper three times in the last five years and it would be a great test for us to face them, but we can­not af­ford to look past Wis­bech.”

Dean ad­mits that Sports’ su­per start to the sea­son could hardly gave gone any bet­ter. He boasts a free-scor­ing side which ap­pears to come com­plete with a wa­ter­tight de­fence.

Josh More­man hit a hat­trick in a 6-0 Premier Di­vi­sion romp at Har­bor­ough last Satur­day which also fea­tured a Mark Jones brace and a Josh San­ders ef­fort.

Full-back Ol­lie Med­wyn­ter led the scor­ing charge on Tues­day night when Har­rowby were brushed aside 4-0 at PSL.

Mid­fielder Lewis Webb and cen­tre- back Richard Jones were the other scor­ers dur­ing a dis­play that had Dean purring.

Headded: “We didn’t ac­tu­ally play that well at Har­bor­ough de­spite the score­line, but we were noth­ing short of sen­sa­tional in the first half against Har­rowby.

“We played some great stuff against a team who ac­tu­ally came and had a go at us - some­thing which was very re­fresh­ing to see.

“It was im­por­tant to lay down an early marker af­ter be­ing pro­moted as a lot of peo- ple have been pil­ing the pres­sure on us.

“We know we are one of the big hit­ters, but we still have to go out there and win games of foot­ball.”

Star Sports winger Jor­dan MacLeod is set to un­dergo an MRI scan to get to the bot­tom of a knee prob­lem. He is yet to kick a ball this sea­son.

Ac­tion from Peter­bor­ough Sports’ 8-0 win over Gor­leston in the ex­tra pre­lim­i­nary round of the FA Cup.

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